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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Another one down: Yanks’ Tulo leaves with strained left calf

Who has April 3rd in the pool?

Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been pulled from a game with a strained left calf and taken to a hospital for further testing, another blow for the majors’ most hobbled club.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:25 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki, yankees


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2019

Wheeling Intelligencer, April 3, 1919:

Graveyard Latest Practice Place for Cincinnati Players

The Cincinnati baseball team added one more queer training ground to its list Monday, when it was found that Jungle Park was too muddy for a work-out. Last week the Reds worked on the streets, the railroad tracks and the platform of a cotton gin. Monday when the boys arrived at the park, they found the field so soft that Manager Moran decided to leave it undisturbed until afternoon and led them across the road to the confines of the town graveyard.

After remarking that this location was not selected as a reflection on Sherwood Magee, Slim Sallee, or any of the other old-timers. Moran picked out a few spots and the players threw and caught and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2019 at 10:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A good fit: Cleveland Indians extend manager Terry Francona’s contract through 2022 - cleveland.com

There has been no indication of that with Francona and the Indians. Executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff are as supportive of Francona today as when he was first hired on Oct. 8, 2013. More importantly, so is ownership.

It’s why the Indians on Wednesday extended Francona’s contract by two years through 2022 just as his seventh season on the job gets started. It is the second extension Francona has received from the Indians. The first one, a two-year arrangement, would have expired after the 2020 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona


Yankees injuries are destroying Aaron Boone’s long-term plan

Injuries suck.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Luke Voit irked by Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez in Yankees’ loss | Newsday

Asked what he was mad about, Voit said: “That’s the second time I’ve been hit in that area this year already. I get it — they’re trying to pitch up and in, but especially with all the injuries going on, it’s just frustrating because I could have been the guy that’s No. [10] on the [injured] list. And I get it — he’s not trying to do it on purpose, but you never know what can happen and it’s just frustrating.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luke voit, yankees

Bryce Harper outclassed, outplayed DC fans in Phillies-Nationals game

You’re allowed to boo. It is absolutely your right as a fan. You shelled out big money to see Bryce Harper’s return to Nationals Park, and short of being abjectly racist, homophobic or violent, you’re free to express yourself however you want while you’re there.

Boo Bryce Harper if you want. He knows he signed up for a heck of a lot of games against his old team when he inked that 13-year, $330 million deal with his new one, and he even anticipated the boos in an earnest and classy thank-you message he sent to his former club before the game. Again, it’s within your rights to do that. No one’s here to decry freedom of speech.

But it’s also within my rights to call you small-time for doing it. Look at this clown show of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, phillies

A firefighter and two software developers walk into a baseball hackathon… - Game Plan

The 2019 Baseball Hackathon.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Analysing the 2019 Predictions and Projections | Banished to the Pen

Examining team win projections.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

MLB takes over Dodgertown, renames it for Jackie Robinson

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP)—The former Dodgertown spring training camp will be named the Jackie Robinson Training Complex and be used for Major League Baseball’s amateur development initiatives.

Then based in Brooklyn, the Dodgers started training in Vero Beach in 1948. The franchise moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season but kept spring training at Vero Beach through 2008. The team shifted to Glendale, Arizona, the following year.

Given my professional training, I have a strong interest in adaptive reuse….

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgertown, jackie robinson, mlb

Here are 5 stats that basically sums up how disastrous the Cubs’ season has been so far

Sooooo how’d everyone’s weekend go?! Enjoying the return of baseball?!

There’s something about the Cubs’ IMMEDIATE descent into panic-mode that I find deeply respectable. Picking up right where they left off, and all that.

Things were bad in Texas, but things have been ugly in Atlanta. How bad? How ugly? Let’s jump right in

I don’t get it- how did the drunks who usually made up the Cubs fanbase get to be as obnoxious as the pseudo-intellectuals in the Red Sox fanbase so very fast?

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fip, the sky is falling, walks

Cuba announces first list of baseball players who can sign with U.S. teams

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba’s Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday a first list of players authorized to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, moving Cuban-U.S. cooperation in the sport forward despite tense broader bilateral relations.

The list announced of 34 players between 17 and 25 years old who classify as international amateurs under MLB rules did not include any major stars. Some, however, have already played professionally abroad like Raidel Martinez who has played in Japan.

The move comes after the federations reached a historic agreement last December allowing Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect, seeking to end the practice of their being smuggled off the island on ...

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

Orioles win 4 straight on road for first time since 2016

TORONTO (AP) — It’s taken the 2019 Orioles just five games to match the team’s longest winning streak from last season.

Andrew Cashner pitched six shutout innings and the Orioles extended a road winning streak to four for the first time since 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night before another small crowd at Rogers Centre.

Baltimore had one four-game winning streak overall last year, when the Orioles finished with a big league-worst 115 losses.

Somewhere, a bunch of the bookies MLB has been cozying with are in deep panic mode….

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, road trip, winning

A’s reliever Fernando Rodney embraces title of ‘MLB’s oldest player’

OAKLAND—Fernando Rodney dances around the A’s clubhouse in nothing but a towel and flip flops.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think he was the youngest player on the team, an over-excited rookie who couldn’t contain his energy. Of course, it’s the exact opposite—Rodney is the oldest player in Major League Baseball.

At the age of 42, Rodney is three years older than anyone else in the league (39-year-old Albert Pujols is his closest competition). The A’s reliever is the only active player in baseball who was born in the 1970s—1977 to be exact.

An article to keep in parallel with the one from yesterday about the youngest player in MLB.

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, fernando rodney, oldest player

Field of dreams: Major League Baseball makes pitch for Chinese star

A coach’s voice in an unmistakably American accent rings out across a baseball field: “Attaboy, good job Wayne, nice throw!”

It could easily be California or Florida, but this is a world away in Nanjing and Major League Baseball is hunting for its first star from China.

If—or more likely when—that happens, he will probably come from here.

MLB has three development centres in China and in February, three youngsters from the Nanjing site were signed to the Milwaukee Brewers.

A piece of interest for those curious about the worldwide expansion of the national pastime.

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: china, development, mlb

Greinke homers twice, fans 10 in Arizona’s 8-5 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke’s incredible night at the plate and on the mound was overshadowed somewhat after Manny Machado was involved in an unusual batter’s interference call.

Greinke hit a career-best two homers and struck out 10 in six innings to rebound from a rocky opening day, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 Tuesday night in a wild game.

Greinke (1-1) allowed two homers to Hunter Renfroe but was otherwise stellar. He was backed by homers from John Ryan Murphy, Ketel Marte and Christian Walker. Wil Myers also went deep for San Diego.

Machado was called out in the sixth inning after dropping his bat near Murphy while the Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup, a disputed decision that led to ...

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, homers, zack greinke

Giants add veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar in four-player trade with Blue Jays

On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they were trading their longest-tenured player, outfielder Kevin Pillar, to the San Francisco Giants. In exchange, the Blue Jays received right-handers Juan De Paula and Derek Law, along with recently designated infielder Alen Hanson.

The best get for the Blue Jays was certainly De Paula, who was ranked as the Giants No. 19 prospect. The 21-year-old posted a 1.72 ERA in 52.1 innings at Single-A last season with a 9.5 K/9. With Pillar leaving Toronto, No. 5 prospect Anthony Alford now appears poised for a shot at the everyday starting center field job. And worst case scenario, if Alford doesn’t seem ready, the Blue Jays could move Randal Grichuk over to center and have Teoscar Hernandez and ...

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, kevin pillar, trades

Ronald Acuña Jr.’s New Contract is Staggering

It isn’t hard to justify a player’s reasoning for signing a long-term extension. It isn’t hard to justify Ronald Acuña Jr. wanting to secure his future. In 2014, the Braves phenom received a signing bonus of $100,000 and then spent the next three and a half years making almost nothing. Last season, he made a bit more than half a million dollars. He was set to do the same this season and next before finally cashing in to the tune of somewhere between four and eight million dollars, unless he manages to win an MVP award, in which case it would bump him up closer to $10 million. Earning just over $1 million for his six years after signing as a professional baseball player isn’t nothing, but it’s also not $100 million, and per Jeff ...

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:18 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, ronald acuna

Reyes Moronta’s impossible dreams are coming true in the Giants bullpen

LOS ANGELES — Francisco Moronta stirred at four every morning without an alarm, sometimes not five or six hours after having nodded off to the New York Yankees on TV. He’d rise and go to the farm to milk the cows. Then he’d load a truck with gravel or sand or concrete and drive that truck, sometimes four hours or more, to some other town, some other place, and return with an empty truck. At night he’d sit with his boy and together they’d eat fried chicken and rice, Francisco on one side of the boy and his mother, Ivonne, on the other, and watch the Yankees again until he fell asleep.

He’d been a catcher once. He loved baseball. Like every boy, it seemed, in the Dominican Republic, he had impossible dreams. But the town, ...

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, reyes moronta

Nats SS Turner hit by pitch, fractures finger

WASHINGTON—The Nationals are adjusting to life after Bryce Harper. They’ll have to get used to life without Trea Turner, too.

In the bottom of the first inning of a much anticipated game against the Philadelphia Phillies that was billed as Harper’s homecoming, Turner exited early with a non-displaced fracture on his right index finger. Manager Dave Martinez said there is no timetable yet for his return.

“It’s a big loss. He’s our starting shortstop. But we’ve got to keep going,” Martinez said.

The injury occurred with one out and nobody on, when Turner tried to bunt on an 0-1 offering from Phillies starter Zach Eflin. Eflin’s 92 mph fastball hit Turner on his finger, causing him to fall back onto the ground.

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QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, finger, trea turner

Tuesday, April 02, 2019


Chaim Bloom’s Diamond Life

Kurt Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Video Game Review: Out Of The Park Baseball Is Wonderfully Deep

In the last year, I’ve become a huge fan. The game is addictive.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:34 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: games, ootp, simulations

Dodgers’ unorthodox plan for young pitcher Julio Urias is risky - Los Angeles Times

Moving a young pitcher between starting and the bullpen is unorthodox?

The team’s plan calls for the 22-year-old Urias to move to the bullpen soon, perhaps as early as next week if Clayton Kershaw is ready to be activated from the injured list.

The move is designed to preserve Urias’ arm so the Dodgers can “unleash” the Mexican prospect in the final month or two of the season, possibly as a starting pitcher, according to manager Dave Roberts.

As if inexperienced pitchers don’t ever encounter problems with late-season changes in roles.

Sounds unorthodox. Sounds risky.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Tatis Jr. hits 1st MLB HR; dad will get ball

Merrill Kelly threw a belt-high fastball to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the sixth inning Monday night. Tatis—with that simple, yet violent right-handed swing the Padres have dreamed on for years—turned on it with authority. The baseball soared deep into the left-field seats, and Petco Park rose in unison.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres

Felix turns back the clock, and the Angels, in 2019 debut | The Seattle Times

The bar is set pretty low.

The Mariners weren’t supposed to be 6-1 at this point, and Felix wasn’t supposed to be able to compete.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

The numbers behind Farhan Zaidi’s busy first offseason with Giants

LOS ANGELES—It seemed a lock that at some point in his first offseason with the Giants, Farhan Zaidi would deal bullpen depth for a starting outfielder. The new president of baseball operations was even open about the calls he was getting on guys like Will Smith and Tony Watson, along with his desire to deal for outfield help.

On Thursday, Smith, Watson and the rest took their place in the bullpen. Connor Joe and Michael Reed started in the outfield corners. That’s not what was expected.

“It was a deep reliever market in free agency this offseason, and we liked our relievers—they weren’t kind of just fodder for us to trade and acquire other pieces,” Zaidi said when discussing the roster Thursday. “A deal like that certainly made sense ...

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QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, offseason

Which MLB free agent would be better for Mets: Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel?

According to The Athletic, the Mets continue to check in on the market for closer Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel, which I’m sure is true. However, team sources Sunday were quick to leak to several reporters that Rosenthal’s report is a bit overstated and that the team is simply doing standard due diligence.

I have no doubt that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is always in touch with other teams and agents, keeping an open mind to any way his team can improve. So, the above report and response shouldn’t be surprising because, 1) the Mets have available money in their 2019 budget, 2) they remain $30-40 million under the luxury tax threshold, and 3) both players would significantly improve Van Wagenen’s roster.

The thing is, if given ...

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QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, mets

The Royals Are MLB’s Fastest Team In Years

With a blazing average of 4.07 seconds to first base — that’s 15.1 miles per hour — Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball last season. But this year, he’s not even the fastest player on his own team. That honor belongs to new center fielder Billy Hamilton, who runs to first in an astonishing 3.94 seconds. Fourth outfielder Terrance Gore might not be much slower, either, and none of those guys is even the reigning MLB leader in stolen bases — which K.C. right fielder Whit Merrifield happens to be. These are the 2019 Royals: The fastest baseball team assembled in years.

It was clear from the start that this team’s identity would be all about running as fast as ...

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QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, speed

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